Welcome to Brumbria: should the West Midlands become a national park?

Could a plan to turn the West Midlands into a national park transform the Black Country’s unlovely reputation, asks Wolverhampton native Stuart Jeffries

If it’s paddleboarding you’re after … don’t ignore the pull of Birmingham

Urban paddleboarding may not have the glamour of the sport’s original home of Hawaii but in Birmingham one man is using it as a way of exploring the city centre and its industrial past from a new viewpoint

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Birmingham

Birmingham’s diverse range of cuisines can be savoured without spending big bucks. Here – updating his 2009 guide to the city – Tony Naylor picks 10 inspirational indies where you can eat well for under £10 a head

Birmingham, England in Rough Guide ‘top 10 cities in the world’

What makes Birmingham special?